Ports around Bei­jing strengthen ties in push to de­velop jointly

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSI­NESS - By ZHANG YU in Shi­ji­azhuang zhangyu1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ports in the cap­i­tal’s neigh­bor­ing Tian­jin and He­bei prov­ince will ac­cel­er­ate the pace of their in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment in mar­itime trans­port, a move to sup­port the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment of the Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei re­gion.

There are four ma­jor ports in the re­gion — Tian­jin Port, and He­bei’s ports of Qin­huang­dao, Tang­shan and Huanghua — all of which are lo­cated along north­ern China’s Bo­hai Sea Rim, ac­cord­ing to the China Ports & Har­bors As­so­ci­a­tion.

“The ports have com­ple­men­tary ad­van­tages, based on which we should share re­sources and in­for­ma­tion to achieve joint de­vel­op­ment,” said Liu Guang­hai, gen­eral man­ager of He­bei Port Group Co Ltd, which owns Qinghuang­dao Port and sev­eral other wharves in Tang­shan, Cangzhou and Han­dan.

He said the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment will save costs, im­prove ef­fi­ciency and ease com­pe­ti­tion among all the ports.

Liu made the re­marks on Wed­nes­day while dis­cussing a four-year plan on the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment of ports in the re­gion, which was is­sued by the Min­istry of Trans­port last month.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, a worldlevel ports clus­ter in the re­gion will be ba­si­cally formed by 2020, with Tian­jin Port be­ing the cen­ter and ports in He­bei as its wings, the plan said.

Tian­jin Port, the largest com­pre­hen­sive port in north­ern China, will fo­cus on trans­porta­tion ser­vices for con­tain­ers, roll-on/roll-off au­to­mo­biles and cruise lin­ers, while ports in He­bei will mainly de­velop bulk cargo busi­ness.

The clear di­vi­sion of func­tions can help avoid ho­mo­ge­neous com­pe­ti­tion among the ports and en­sure all of them with vig­or­ous de­vel­op­ment, Liu said.

Based on the di­vided func­tions, other re­lated in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment will be en­cour­aged, ac­cord­ing to the plan.

Tian­jin Port can de­velop lo­gis­tics for au­to­mo­biles and cold­chain de­liv­er­ies, as well as mod­ern ship­ping ser­vices such as fi­nanc­ing and in­surance.

For ports in He­bei, coal-wash­ing, coal-blend­ing, and ore-screen­ing ser­vices can be added.

He­bei Port Group, which is head­quar­tered in Tang­shan, han­dled 325 mil­lion met­ric tons of car­goes last year, be­ing the world’s largest ports op­er­a­tor for ma­jor dry bulk car­goes, ac­cord­ing to the group.

By the end of 2020, the num­ber is aimed to ex­ceed 540 mil­lion tons.

“The co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment will help us achieve that goal, ” Liu said.

Since the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties ini­ti­ated the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment of the Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei re­gion in Fe­bru­ary 2014, progress has been made on dif­fer­ent trans­porta­tion fields, in­clud­ing rail­ways, high­ways, air­ports and ports.

Bo­hai Jinji Port In­vest­ment and De­vel­op­ment Co Ltd, a joint ven­ture port cor­po­ra­tion, was es­tab­lished in Au­gust 2014, by Tian­jin Port Group Co Ltd and He­bei Port Group Co Ltd to com­bine the mar­itime trans­port re­sources of north­ern China.

The ports have com­ple­men­tary ad­van­tages, based on which we should share re­sources and in­for­ma­tion to achieve joint de­vel­op­ment.”

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